Container Shipping to and from Singapore
Singapore is one of the world's premier hub ports, offering a breadth and range of supply chain services that few can match. Are you searching for specific information on shipment prices, documentation or customs? Here you'll find all the answers related to your questions about shipments to Singapore.Get started
Relevant shipping information
- Is Singapore more of an import or export country?
Since the mid-80s, Singapore has been the busiest port in the world in terms of shipping tonnage, with an annual average of 140,000 vessel calls. Therefore, Singapore can be considered a trading hub. Shipments are a mix of import, export and crosstrade.
- Which commodities are traded the most to and from Singapore?
The top commodities are related to Machinery and Equipment but as a major trading and financial hub, Singapore also ships all kind of commodities all over the globe.
- How is my container getting from port to door or to the port in Singapore?
Global connectivity is the key to Singapore’s success as a world-leading hub for container transhipment. In Singapore, there are very well-developed infrastructures and connections with the main ports – and at Twill provides Inland Transportation services for your shipments.
There are several well-established corridors in the cross-border services to improve inland connectivity with Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam. In addition, new services are continuously being developed to have greater connectivity throughout the area and meet the demands of customers.
As we offer a digital end-to-end logistics service, you can easily get the trucking price on our platform. Sign up now and search for routes and prices to transport containers in Singapore.
- What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to or from Singapore?
Transit times can vary depending on the vessel schedule, whether containers need to be connected to other vessels on their journey and how many ports are on the route.
For further information on schedules and prices, we recommend you to log into our platform and search for your desired routes and dates for estimated transit times.
- Which peak seasons are important for logistics in Singapore?
In Singapore, there are no real peak seasons in logistics as we always have our local team to support you. However, there might be an impact on the vessel space around holidays such as Chinese New Year and Chinese Golden Week. We therefore strongly recommend you keep these holidays in mind and book your shipment in advance.
- Do I need an insurance to ship containers to or from Singapore?
Cargo insurance is not required to ship to or from Singapore, but cargo transportation can entail various risks. So, you should always keep in mind which Incoterms you have agreed on with your supplier.
If you're shipping your cargo overseas, you should know that you could get quickly compensated if your cargo is damaged or lost. That's why Twill offers Value Protect, giving you peace of mind as your cargo is protected while being transported with us. When you are exporting from Singapore, we suggest you add Value Protect to your booking if you are shipping goods such as machinery, automotive, and chemicals. These goods mostly have a high cargo value.
When you add Value Protect, it is easier and simpler to make claims compared to traditional insurance. It helps you avoid the many difficulties and annoyances businesses face when shipping cargo while protecting it from risk and damage.
- How is Customs Clearance handled in Singapore?
All goods imported into Singapore are regulated under the Customs Act, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act and the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act. Our customs clearance experts help shippers both new and experienced understand the duties they have to pay, or the exemptions they may be entitled to, helping make the import and export process smooth and easy.
Find out more about our Customs Clearance services here.
- What are the main ports in Singapore?
Singapore only has one port - the Port of Singapore. You can ship to or from this port via the Twill platform – with a view of pricing and cost breakdown available prior to booking. So, you can move your cargo from and to Singapore across the world. Take a look for yourself and simply sign up now.
Ports and offices in Singapore
Port of Singapore
460 Alexandra Road
#19-00 PSA Building
1 Paya Lebar Link,
Paya Lebar Quarter #13-01
Counter Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00
Counter Lunch Hour: 12:30-13:30
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Documentation Counter located at
Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ1)
Level 14 #14-01
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